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Erin R. Freeman

James Erb Choral Chair

Hailed by the press as engagingelegant, and entertaining, Erin Freeman is the Associate Conductor and Chorus Director of the Richmond Symphony. She conducts subscription concerts, leads the Pops and Lollipops Series, spearheads the Symphony’s education initiatives, including its four youth orchestras, and directs the 150-voice symphony chorus. Guest conducting engagements include the Buffalo Philharmonic, the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Savannah Symphony, the Richmond Ballet, and ensembles in Maryland, Virginia, Georgia, Missouri, and Illinois. In recent seasons, she has collaborated with Jamie Bernstein, Elena Uriosti, Arturo Sandoval, Marietta Simpson, Joseph Conyers, Patti Austin, and Maureen McGovern. In 2012, Freeman prepared the Richmond Symphony Chorus for an historic performance and recording of Mahler Symphony No. 8 with the Virginia Symphony, under the direction of JoAnn Falletta.

Passionate about making classical music accessible to all, Freeman has led programs from the Richmond Symphony’s ground breaking Come and Play, resulting in a community orchestra of over 650, to Celebrity Maestro, for which she taught conducting lessons to such notables as Miss America Caressa Cameron and Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones. She has served as Director of Orchestras at Baltimore School for the Arts and American University, Conductor at Northwestern University’s National High School Music Institute, Lecturer for the National Philharmonic and Baltimore Symphony, Music Director of the Richmond Philharmonic, and Resident Conductor at Peabody Conservatory. She maintains a private studio, has instructed national seminars for the Conductor’s Guild, and serves on their board of directors as Vice President.

Recently appointed Music Director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus, Freeman prepares and conducts the historic ensemble for collaborations with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, and BPChorus Presents.  In addition, in 13-14, she continues her association with the BPO conducting repeat performances, including The Nutcracker and a St. Patrick’s celebration with the Cheiftains.

Winner of numerous awards, including the Women’s Philharmonic Conducting Scholarship, Freeman was selected by Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly as one of Virginia’s 50 most influential women. With degrees from Northwestern University, Boston University, and Peabody Conservatory, she has studied and performed in masterclasses with Gustav Meier, Victor Yampolsky, Markand Thakar, Helmuth Rilling, Murry Sidlin, and Robert Shaw.


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